“I do think that one of the ironies of the last two or three weeks was this idea that somehow Michelle and I are elitist, pointy-headed intellectual types,” he said, adding sincerely, “I filled up my own gas tanks.”
Strangely, I met Obama's predecessor, Sen. Peter Fitzgerald, at a gas pump in the western suburbs of Chicago shortly after his election. He was alone filling his tank---for a Lincoln Navigator [I believe it was in 1999]. I told him my wife had worked as a Legislative Assistant for a US Senator & he nodded. I also met and talked to Carol Moseley Braun, Fitzgerald's predecessor as Senator. Peter was probably the only Senator ever to have both succeeded and been succeeded by Black American senators.
Fitzgerald had more integrity in his cuticles than Obama has in his whole career---Peter sent Republican governor Ryan & many other deadbeats in his own party to the guillotine of his namesake Patrick Fitzgerald, whom he had recommended as prosecutor for his own integrity. Peter lost the support of the crooked Republican Party in Illinois & the seat went back over to the crooked Democrat Party in that state.
Fitzgerald is in a political no man's land for doing the right thing.